Helpful stuff

A mixture of books, organisations and websites that I think are top banana.

I had a black dog by Matthew Johnstone

By far the most helpful book when I was first diagnosed with depression. The illustrations are funny and its really accessible. It was also great to show friends and family and helped them to understand my illness. Cheap and cheerful too which always gets a thumbs up from me.

The Workers' Educational Association

I found this organisation through a friend, and they run some great courses. If you're off work and on benefits (like moi) then they are free! Whoop! The courses have helped me get out of the house and stimulated my brain cells. I am usually the youngest participant by about 20 years, but that doesn't bother me and I think more people should make use of their excellent courses.

A fantastic organisation with branches all over the country. Find out where your local Mind centre is and you're certain to find some helpful advice.

Creativity Works
An organisation that have been paramount in my recovery.In their own words...

"Creativity Works delivers creative projects that make a real difference to people’s lives.
We work with people of all ages and all backgrounds who may need a little support and inspiration, from young carers, to women living with post-natal depression, and older people. Our central aim is to use the power of the creative process to make a real difference to people’s lives, to draw communities together and enable more people to access the arts."

A few good articles.....

And I'll add more when I've had a little think.....

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